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Online Legal Protection

Online Legal Protection Terms Of Use Or Service You have probably become a member or used websites that actually have a Terms of Use or Terms of Service in place.

A TOS, or Terms of Service, is quite different from a disclaimer. While a disclaimer disclaims, a TOS basically states the rules of using your site or service.

There are three main objectives you should have when creating your TOS. The first is that it must be understandable by the average person. A TOS that is full of legal jargon probably won’t do you much good. Use everyday language.

The second objective should be to make sure that your TOS is easily found on your site. Many website owners include the TOS when a person registers for the website.

After they have filled out the registration form, they are presented with the TOS, and it includes a checkbox that says that they have read and understand the OS. If the site does not have any type of registration, the TOS may just be present, but may not require that a visitor gives any indication that they have read or understood the TOS.

In the second case, the words used in the TOS become more important. You must state that just by using your site that the visitor has automatically agreed to the TOS.

Ideally, however, you will require your visitors to give some type of indication that they have read and do understand the TOS.

The third objective is to make sure that the TOS covers everything. Remember that this is a document designed to protect you from lawsuits down the road.

The TOS should state what could go wrong, and what you will not be held liable for. It should also state how your visitors are expected to behave on your website. This is crucial for community websites, where customers interact with each other.

A Terms of Service agreement is typically used when the website offers some type of service, other than information. A Terms of Use agreement is typically used for information only type websites.

Here is a sample TOS/TOU:

“By using our website, you agree to comply with and be bound by the following terms of use. Review the terms carefully, and if you do not agree with them, do not use this website. The terms us, we, or our refers to YourCompany, while the term you refer to the user or viewer of the site.

You agree to the terms and conditions as outlined in this Terms of Use Agreement with respect to our site. This agreement is the entire and only agreement between us and you, and it replaces any prior agreements you may have had with us, with respect to our site, products, services, and content. We reserve the right to change this agreement from time to time, without notification. The latest agreement will be posted on our website, and it is your responsibility to review the latest agreement.

This site is copyrighted by us. This copyright covers all content, organization, design, graphics, compilations, digital conversion, and magnetic translation that relates to this site. Copying this website, unless otherwise allowed, is a violation of our copyrights, and is strictly prohibited. You do not own any rights to any content on this website, unless it is your own work, such as messages you have written in our forum. and others are our service marks or registered service marks or trademarks. Other product and company names mentioned on this site belong to their respective owners. and others are our service marks or registered service marks or trademarks. Other product and company names mentioned on this site belong to their respective owners.

You are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to: 
a. Use the site strictly in accordance with this agreement.
b. Use the site solely for internal, personal, non-commercial purposes
c. To print out information from the site solely for internal, personal, non-commercial purposes, ensuring that you adhere to all copyright laws and other policies in your usage of that information.

You are not granted permission to use any information printed from our site in any type of litigation or arbitration, under any circumstances.

Your right and license to access and use this site, including any information or materials on this site, are subject to the following restrictions and prohibitions of use:

a. You may not copy, print (except as expressed above), republish, distribute, display, sell, rent, lease, loan, transmit, or otherwise make available in any form, or by any means, all or any portion of this site or any content and materials retrieved from this site.

b. You may not use the site or any materials on the site to develop any information, storage or retrieval system, database, information base, or any other similar type of resource that we offer for commercial distribution of any kind, including through license, sale, lease, rental, subscription, or any other type of distribution. “

As you can see, a TOS can get very long. This sample gives you the basics of a TOS, and your TOS should be designed to protect you and your site, specifically.

From here, it may go on to state rules for communicating on the site, and it should also go on to state how you intend to pursue those who violate the terms of service.

Regards, Coyalita

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